American Veteran News 03.01.16

Milwaukee looks to renovate city buildings to house homeless veterans — FOX NEWS Homeless veterans in the Milwaukee area could soon have a new place to stay — inside one of several historic buildings in the city’s Soldiers Home District, Fox 6 reported Sunday. The area near Miller Park was originally created to house veterans of the Civil War, historians say, adding that it was one of the last acts signed by President Abraham Lincoln before he was assassinated in 1865. The buildings were intended to give veterans a place to stay and adjust to life after war. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs has asked for developers to propose plans to renovate the buildings for veterans who are homeless or may soon be homeless. If approved, the department would issue long-term leases, Fox 6 adds. The grounds in Milwaukee comprise one of three original Soldiers Homes across the country, Peter Zanghi, Vice President of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, said. The VA Department ultimately took over the buildings, many of which are now vacant. Zanghi encouraged developers to “bring this full circle and get them back into the service of veterans.” Developers reportedly have until May to submit renovation proposals.

Veterans Seek Help for Infertility Inflicted by Wounds of War — NYT During a firefight in Afghanistan in 2005, Army Cpl. Tyler Wilson, 20, was hit by a bullet that pierced his spine and left him paralyzed below the waist. Since then, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided him with free health care, as it does for all veterans who were disabled while serving. Yet there was a gap in his coverage that came as a shock. By law, the V.A. cannot provide in vitro fertilization, not even to a veteran like Corporal Wilson whose ability to have children was impaired by an injury sustained in the line of duty. Doctors have told him and his fiancée, Crystal Black, that in vitro fertilization is their only chance of conceiving a child. Each attempt costs more than $12,000, and they will have to pay for it themselves. “Thanks for your service, but you’re on your own with this,” Corporal Wilson said.

VA benefits available for those impacted by Agent Orange — RECORDER When Bob Blower was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001, he underwent successful surgery and moved on. A year later, when his friend Vince Kilmartin was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Blower helped guide him through the treatment. Kilmartin also underwent successful surgery to treat the disease. Six years later, in 2008, Kilmartin happened to see in a newspaper article that a Veterans Administration study found a link between exposure to Agent Orange, the anti-defoliant used in Vietnam, and prostate cancer. When he spoke to someone in the Oakland VA office, Kilmartin learned that not only was he eligible for benefits related to his treatment for prostate cancer, but also for the two heart procedures he’d had to put stents in because of blocked arteries.

Waiting in vain — WVEC CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) — Veterans who say they’re being given the runaround at local Veterans’ Affairs hospitals are expressing outrage across the country and right here in Hampton Roads. Aerock and Renatta Parinas of Chesapeake say they’ve been struggling to get health information from the VA hospital. Their story is indicative of what veterans say is a much larger problem at the VA. Vets believe the process they have to go through to get answers is tedious. Renatta picks up the phone, dials yet another 800 number, and with her husband Aerock by her side, she waits for the familiar automated message. This time it says, “You are currently number 22 in the call queue.”

۠• Decades Later, Agent Orange Catches Up with Vietnam Veterans — MILCOM


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